The Doctors Te Whare Hāpara

The Doctors Te Whare Hāpara

Our friendly and dedicated team want you to get to know us a little better as there has been a few changes in the team.

We have a wonderful range of skills, experience and professional interests in this team and know that we can provide consistent quality general practice services to our valued patients. All of our GP team are NZ registered GPs with full qualifications. We are lucky to have some of our new GPs with international experience joining us. This will give us professional depth and the ability to provide a greater range of treatments and service within the practice. Each of our doctors has special areas of interest and expertise so it will be easier for your doctor to get extra information and advice for you when you need it.

We are currently welcoming new patients to join our practice.  Enrol with us now and receive your free health check. We welcome comments and suggestions on how we can do things better.  Talk to us when you next visit, call us on 06 8688887 or email on

Our services

Acute care and services

The Doctors Te Whare Hāpara provides high quality continuous care to our valued patients.  Maintaining a strong and continuous relationship with your health care team (doctors, nurses and administrators) ensures the best service and health outcomes for you.  There are times when urgent care is required as a result of an accident or an acute need, The Doctors Te Whare Hāpara is available for immediate service when this need arises.

Remember: for urgent emergency care after a serious accident or for health crises such as heart attacks, call an ambulance on 111, or go immediately to the hospital Accident and Emergency Department.

Chronic Care Conditions
Long term monitoring including nurse-led clinics.

Preventive Care

  • Disease Screening as appropriate.
  • Cervical Smears provided by both doctors and nurse.

Assessment and treatment of all illnesses.

Assessment and treatment of sprains, lacerations and other minor injuries.

Contraception and Sexual Health
Contraception advice and management, including IUCDs.

Childhood and other vaccinations.

Diabetes Care

  • Regular monitoring.
  • Diabetes education.

Smoking Cessation

School Based Health Clinics in secondary schools Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Travel – vaccinations and advice

  • A full range of travel vaccines are available.
  • Comprehensive travel information and advice.

Minor Surgery
Cryotherapy is available for treatment of warts and other skin lesions. Also minor surgery is performed.



General Practice. 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. 


Appointments are based on a 15 minute standard consultation time. If you think you may need extra time, please advise the person taking your call when you make your appointment.

A charge may apply for extra time taken with the doctor, and for additional procedures over and above a standard consultation.


GP Consultation

 Age Weekdays up to 8pm After-hours weekends
Child under 13 FREE FREE
Juvenile 13 - 17 $12 $45
Adult 18 - 65+ $18 $60


ACC Surcharge

 Age Weekdays up to 8pm After-hours weekends
Child under 13 FREE FREE
Juvenile 13 - 17 $12 $45
Adult 18 - 65+ $18 $60

Non NZ Residents

GP Consultation

Age Weekdays After-hours weekends
Child under 13 $25 $40
 Juvenile 13 - 17 $50  
 Adult 18+ $75  


ACC Surcharge

 Age Weekdays After-hours weekends
Child under 13 $25 $40
Juvenile 13 - 17 $50 $60
Adult 18 - 65+ $75 $80

Additional charges apply for procedures and materials used. There is a cost for nurse consultations and there is an additional cost for extended consultations (more than 15 minutes).

Fees for all services vary according to the time, materials, medical technologies and complexity involved. You are encouraged to discuss and clarify charges with the practice staff prior to treatment.

Please note that payment is due at the time of consultation.

Credit card and EFTPOS services are available.

All fees are inclusive of GST and may be subject to change.


Meet our team

At The Doctors Te Whare Hāpara, we have a team approach to healthcare which means that we have more nurse led services including nurse practitioner, a kaiawhina, and a social worker who can help you navigate your way around the health and social services whilst the doctor focuses on your more complex health needs. Most of our team are permanent members of this community and we are passionately committed to getting our services right. We are:

  • Doctors: Laura Gilding, Grace Piper, Deb Bromiley, Liza Fairbairn
  • Social Worker: Aroha Te Hau
  • Practice Manager: Caroline Thompson
  • Nurse Lead: Julia Brooking
  • Nurses - Jo Turnbull, Jo Gardner, Rau Chesley, Maxine Neutroski, Diane Pears
  • Administrators - Margaret Johnson, Marg Lane, Robyn Norman, Kara Moir, Sarah Wilkie

Our Doctors

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Dr Grace Piper


Grace joined our practice from the UK on 5 September 2016.  She was attracted to work in New Zealand based on her impressions of New Zealand culture and the opportunities for outdoor activities. She enjoys work in general practice and was looking for a practice where she could approach healthcare in a more holistic way.  The Doctors Te Whare Hapara provides her with this opportunity, being a General Practice whose values are based on whanau ora concepts. Grace joins us for at least 2 years and we will most certainly be supporting her to stay longer. She has experience across all specialisations with a particular interest in mental health, gynaecology and minor surgery.

Dr Liza Fairbairn


Liza and her family of husband and their two children aged 7 and 9 moved to Gisborne from the UK on 15 August.  Liza heard about our vacancy after making contact with Laura Gilding via facebook.  Liza has taken a 12 month sabbatical from her practice in the UK to experience a different culture and to work in a different setting.  Liza  and her family have quickly immersed themselves into the Gisborne community and lifestyle.  The family have already visited our beaches and enjoyed a swim and it’s not summer yet! Liza is interested in diabetes, respiratory diseases, Sexual Heath and mental health.  In the UK she is practice lead for respiratory diseases and holds a Master certificate in primary education.  Liza’s experience and skill is certainly apparent after only a month with our practice.

Enrol now

We warmly welcome new patients.  Being enrolled has many advantages:

•    We send you reminders and recalls for important health management
•    Pay less to see the doctor
•    Pay less for prescriptions (for subsidised medicines prescribed by your doctor)
•    Appointment bookings

Simply ask at reception or download our enrolment form below. Complete all the sections and send back to us by email, post, fax or bring it in with you.  You may need to bring in an original ID document (e.g. Drivers’ License, Birth Certificate, Passport) before your first visit - call our team to find out.

You do not need to be a patient with us to be seen by one of our medical team.If you’re a visitor to the region and need medical care, you’re also welcome. Please call our friendly team for an appointment.  All visitors and casual patients, please be aware that extra charges can apply when you are not enrolled.

There are many more benefits to enrolling, click here for Enrolment information.

Download our enrolment form here and the request for notes form here.

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